Configurations: Critical Studies of World Politics seeks to publish the best social-scientific monographs that explain important global phenomena by examining the way that different elements come together—or are configured—to produce outcomes or contextualize practices. Whether causal or interpretive, and regardless of substantive focus, studies in this series utilize a wide variety of theoretical frameworks and operational techniques in order to empirically account for significant aspects of world politics broadly understood, with attention to formal and informal actors alike. Works in the series are committed to producing case-specific explanations that are something other than idiosyncratic accounts.
Configurations also seeks to develop and demonstrate novel research approaches that will allow scholars to connect the formal and informal realms of politics, and to disclose the political import of a wide array of activities—including meaning-making activities and the negotiation of everyday patterns of authority and control—appropriate to an increasingly globalized world. It is therefore open to studies of “governance” alongside “government,” everyday cultural practices alongside authoritative declarations of policy, and the inter-personal alongside the inter-state. Micro and macro analyses are welcome. To submit a manuscript proposal, please contact the series editor.
Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, Professor of International Studies in the School of International Service, and Director of the Honors Program, American University